la mendola

1970s La Mendola Silk Jersey Blue Print Dress & Knit Jersey Coat Set

This is a lovely set that is unusual in that it is a larger size which can be a rarity in vintage. The print is so shocking for its time period and feels like a precursor for what in the 1980s. The client that commissioned this one must have been a bold girl to have ordered such a bold statement piece. It is two pieces, a dress with a matching coat that slips over it. The dress itself is made from a silk jersey with a stylized blue leopard print. It has a simple cut with an undefined waist, long sleeves and scooped neckline. It cut very loose and full through the body, almost caftan like, though you could easily belt it if you wanted to add more shape. The coat is the same print and the cut equally as simple. The fabric is more of a jersey knit and I like the slight contrast between the two fabric choices. The collar is rounded and simple. Down the front it closes with a series of large, clear acrylic buttons that have a blue center for contrast. The body of the coat is also cut loose and easy with that same slight flare to give it more volume as it nears the hem. Excellent condition.

Both pieces are fully lined in a hand set blue silk. The dress closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. The sleeves are not lined in the dress. The coat closes at the front with the buttons as show. Proper buttonholes. Hand finished. It is definitely more on the XL side.

Sleeves: 27"
Shoulders: 18.5"
Bust: to 27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 26.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 30.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 49.5" from neck to hem

Sleeves: 27"
Shoulders: 17.5"
Bust: 26.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 32" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 48.5" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: LRG- XL

Item# DD2977

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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